VdGG - Lemmings (chords)


Chord transcription by Mikayel Abazyan mikayelabazyan@yahoo.com


Playing tips

One of the most complicated VdGG songs, so take all the chords here with a grain of salt... 
and refer to the original recording, as always!

Gm(+d)  3 1 0 0 3 x 
Gm(+c)  3 3 0 0 1 x 
G7*     3 1 0 0 0 x 
Bb*     1 1 3 3 x x       ?


GUITAR INTRO: a e c d    c g    c e c d-c-b-a (This is actually the vocal line, and is played through the first four lines)

(Dm) a   e   c d   c g    c  e  c     d-c -  b-a
     I stood alone upon the highest cli-iff-to-op,

 a      e    c d     c   g     c  e  c     d-c-b-a
looked down, around, and all that I could se-e-e-e

 a     e     c  d  c     g   c  e    c   d-c- b-a
were those that I would dearly love to share wi-ith

a   e  c   d   c      g   c  e   c  d-c-b-a            D
  crashing on quite blindly to the sea....

    D                E
I tried to ask what game this was

      F                G
but knew I would not play it:

     G#                A#              C
the voice, as one, as no-one, came to me....

BRIDGE: (Another then-to-become-the-lead-vocal-line passage, structurally the same but 
first played starting from g#, then a#, and, finally, from c, the way the vocal goes in 
the next part, and in similar parts, too)

g# a#   c# d#   g  g#   c  c#   f  g  a# c  c# a#
a# c    d# f    a  a#   d  d#   g  a  c  d  d# c
c  d    f  g    a# c    e  f    a  b  d  e  f  d

  c  d    f     g a#   c  e f   a     b  d    e     f  d
"We have looked upon the heroes and they are found wanting;

 c  d    f      g   a# c     e  f    a   b  d   e   f  d
we have looked hard across the land but we can see no dawn;

 c  d    f   g     a# c     e   f  a   b d     e     f  d
we have now dared to sear the sky but we are still bleeding;

 c d     f g    a#   c   e   f
we are drawing near to the cliffs,

 a   b  d   e     f  D
now we can hear the call.


      F
The clouds are piled in mountain-shapes,

  G                              Dm7        Dm     Dm7    Dm
there is no escape except to go forward.

      F
Don't ask us for an answer now,

      G                             Dm7        Dm     Dm7    Dm
it's far too late to bow to that con - vention.

Am                          G(+d)          D
  What course is there left    but to die?


 c  d    f     g a#   c  e    f      a      b   d     e   f  d
We have looked upon the High Kings, found them less than mortals:

  c    d    f    g    a# c     e  f    a    b  d    e      f   d
their names are dust be-fore the just march of our young, new law.

 c      d   f      g     a# c  e  f  a  b   d  e    f  d
Minds stumbling strong, we hurtle on into the dark portal;

 c d    f   g   a#   c e   f
No-one can halt our final vault

a  b   d e   f    d
into the unknown maw.


    F
And as the Elders beat their brows

       G                                        Dm7        Dm     Dm7    Dm
they know that it is really far too late now to    stop us,

    F
for if the sky is seeded death

G                                          Dm7        Dm     Dm7    Dm
  what is the point in catching breath? Expel it.

Am                          G(+d)           D
  What cause is there left but to die

Am                           G(+d)               D
  in searching of something we're really not too   sure of?"


  F   G                   F   G- G          
What cause is there left but to die?

  E   F                   E   F- F
What cause is there left but to die?

  D   E                   D   E- E  
What cause is there left but to die?

C  C                Dm
I really don't know    why.


{ Gm(+d) G7*  C  G(+d)     Gm(+d) G  C  G(+d) G } x2 F         F-F-F   G


    Gm(+d) G(+c) G7*       C  Gm(+d)    Gm(+d) G(+c) G7*   C   Gm(+d)  G
I know     our   ends may be soon but why do  you   make them so  -  oner?

 Gm(+d) G(+c) G7*  C   Gm(+d) Gm(+d) G(+c) G7*  C    Gm(+d) G  F
Time   may   finally prove    only the    liv - ing move   her and

                      G   G
no life lies in the quicksand.


Gm(+d) G(+c)-G7*  C  Gm(+d)    Gm(+d) G(+c)-G7* C Gm(+d) G
Gm(+d) G(+c)-G7*  C  Gm(+d)    Gm(+d) G(+c)-G7* C Gm(+d) G  F   F G   F G   F Em D# D


BRIDGE: { C#   C-C   B-B   E } x3 (during the next, 4th passage, the next line is sung)

                 D   E   D   E   D   E   D   E
Yes, I know it's out of control, out of control:

  Dm       Dmsus4   Dm  Dm*  Dm   Dm* Dm 
greasy machi  -  nery slides on the  rails,

 Dm              Dmsus4 Dm   Dm*   Dm   Dm*   Dm 
young minds and bodies  on steel spokes im - paled.


{ C#   C-C   B-B   E }


 D    E  D    E      D    E  D    E
Cogs tearing bones, cogs tearing bones;

  Dm           Dmsus4  Dm   Dm*   Dm    Dm*  Dm 
iron-throated monsters are for - cing the screams,

 Dm          Dmsus4 Dm   Dm*  Dm    Dm* Dm 
mind and machi  -  nery box-press the dreams.


{ C#   C-C   B-B   E }


 C#   C C   B-B E   Bb*
But there still is time....

 
BRIDGE: (instrumental improvisation continues for some time until the first BRIDGE pattern 
appears with notes played with equal time intervals in between: { c d f g a# c e f a b d e f d } x2; 
after the second pass { c d g } is added - and the Main theme returns)

g# a#   c# d#   g  g#   c  c#   f  g  a# c  c# a#
a# c    d# f    a  a#   d  d#   g  a  c  d  d# c
c  d    f  g    a# c    e  f    a  b  d  e  f  d

 c d    f     g    a# c   e f     a  b    d   e f  d
Cowards are they who run today, the fight is beginning...

 c  d   f     g      a#    c   e    f      a  b     d   e     f  d
no war with knives, fight with our lives, lemmings can teach nothing;

 c    d  f    g  a#    c  e     f    a    b d   e   f   d
death offers no hope, we must grope for the unknown answer,

c d   f     g    a# c     e   f
unite our blood, a-bate the flood,

a b     d  e f  d
avert the disaster.


        F
There's other ways than screaming in the mob:

      G                       Dm
that makes us merely cogs of hatred.

F
  Look to the why and where we are,

G                                           Dm
  look to yourselves and the stars,yes, and in the end

G- Am                        G              D
  what choice is there left but to live

Am                
  in the hope of saving
    G                        D
our   children's children's little ones?

 
  F    G                   F   G- G          
What choice is there left but to live

  E    F                   E   F- F          
What choice is there left but to live

  D    E                   D   E- E          
What choice is there left but to live

             C   Dm-Dm
to save the little  ones?


  F    G                   F   G- G          
What choice is there left but to try?

  E    F                   E   F- F          
What choice is there left but to try?

  D    E                   D   E- E          
What choice is there left 

 C   Dm-Dm
but to try?


INSTRUMENTAL CODA:
F  G    F  G

E  F    E  F

D  E    D  E

C  D    C  D

A# C    A# C

G# A#   G# A#

F# G#   F# G#

D# F    D# F

D#




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